“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Some people might query the move of a primary trained teacher into a role as a librarian. But if you don’t look for what you want, you won’t find it. I remember reading Claire Amos’ description of ‘The Ultimate Search Engine” and thinking with every sentence, “THAT’S ME”. I have been otherwise known as the “Encyclopaedia or walking library” in the past.
And to be totally honest, who wouldn’t want to spend their life surrounded by books, technology and learners?
Today marks my fourth day as Library leader of Hobsonville Secondary School. Sitting on a bean bag in a quiet space with a view of green, green grass and birds chirping is not exactly what I had envisioned. Moving away from a fast paced, structured environment into a fluid, dynamic and semi-structured work environment has taken some adjustment. Fun, laughter, sharing and caring are the key aspects of the culture here.
It sounds great but I feel a sense of discomfort – am I actually doing my job?
My colleagues are amazing people, fun, vibrant, vivacious and with cracking good senses of humour. For the first time in my professional life I feel like I may have the opportunity to really know and develop multi-dimensional relationships that transcend the work environment.
Today Cindy said “I feel like I’ve come home,” and it does feel like that. Never before have I been in a room with 21 other people who are so openly for an educational paradigm shift to future focus. The passion and desire to be student centred and develop passion projects is huge and engulfs all conversations.
Yesterday we spoke about being agitators:
in our previous schools. Constantly trying to stir or change the direction of the educational paradigm. Most of the time it does feel like you’ve got the biggest heavy duty load in the washer and you have to push with all your might and still it doesn’t change.
I’m in the privileged position of being a librarian in this school. I’ve started reading up on future focussed libraries and getting excited on Pinterest as I find beautiful home built libraries or modern learning spaces.
Books have always been “my thing”, the hobby I put down was always “reading”, and now I get to spend all day in a beautiful north facing library surrounded by books and learners. My idea of heaven.
The site visit yesterday only instilled the vision of Hobsonville Point Schools to engage, inspire and innovate. Now it’s my turn to think about how I can engage, inspire and innovate within the library context.
Take a look at some of the photos:
What this journey into the realm of librarian-hood I am not sure, but I sure am excited to find out!
I’ll end with one of the quotes from our LOLs:
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
I’m ready now…uncomfortable or not!